Featured Shows

  • $15

    RESCHEDULED DATE TBA: Ward Hayden & The Outliers

    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from July 10th: we will alert ticket holders when a new date has been scheduled. All tickets will be honored from the original date.  Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory), who recently took home Country Artist of the Year honors at the 2019 Boston Music Awards, have put together a stunning show in celebration of Country Music.

  • $20

    RESCHEDULED DATE TBA: Studio Two – The Early Beatles Tribute

    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from July 10th: we will alert ticket holders when a new date has been scheduled. All tickets will be honored from the original date. Voted as “The Top Beatles Tribute band in New England” by The Boston Globe, Studio Two continues its tour in celebration of the 56th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era.

  • $25

    CANCELLED: Eilen Jewell

    This show has been cancelled, if you purchased tickets to this show please contact info@onelongfellowsquare.com for options. American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as "one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices." The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind.

  • $16

    CANCELLED: OLS, State Theatre & WCLZ Present: John Craigie w/ Honeysuckle

    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 4/24, all tickets from the original date will be honored. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

  • $20

    David Wax Museum

    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from April 3rd: all tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.  It's been nearly a dozen years since David Wax and Suz Slezak played their first show together, kicking off a partnership that's led to seven records, multiple Top 20 chart placements, performances alongside contemporaries like The Avett Brothers and heroes like Los Lobos, and — most importantly — a family of four. As that family has grown, so has the band's sound. Filled with husband-and-wife vocal harmonies, Mexican stringed instruments, melodic hooks, and blasts of brass, David Wax Museum's albums fly the worldly flag for a brand of Americana that reaches far beyond American borders.

  • $30

    Le Vent Du Nord

    The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.


Help Save One Longfellow Square

Thanks to your generous donations we’ve reached a milestone.  Now we are asking for a little more help.

One Longfellow Square is deeply grateful to music lovers from far and wide who have responded to our fundraising campaign with overwhelming kindness and generosity.  We humbly say: thank you!

Having met our original $100,000 goal, we know that we can maintain our venue through next summer, paying rent, utilities, insurance and internet support services.  We are now increasing our goal to $175,000 in the hopes of holding on to our incredible staff who will look for alternative ways to safely bring music to the public in the coming months and prepare to resume shows in the venue when that becomes possible.

We are announcing a challenge match! A friend of OLS will double your gift by matching all new donations up to $20,000 – which will help us raise a total of $40,000 towards our new goal.

Thank you again for believing in One Longfellow Square. We couldn’t picture Portland without OLS, and we’re honored that you all agree. We encourage you to share our story with your friends and family and help keep the music alive.


In Portland’s vibrant music and arts scene One Longfellow Square stands out as a music venue sought after by musicians from around the world to play for people who come to listen. Our small, 185 seat venue brings the audience close to the stage, creating an intimate performing and listening experience. From Tom Rush to Anais Mitchell, from Ray LaMontagne to Slaid Cleaves, from The Bad Plus to the Portland Jazz Orchestra, OLS is home to some of Portland’s most cherished musical memories.

In the ecosystem of music venues, OLS plays an important role. OLS is on the busy northeast touring circuit. Our stage hosts touring artists that could fill much bigger rooms, but they keep coming back. At the same time, this is a stage that is accessible to the local music scene – we’ll host a high school rock band’s first gig on a Thursday and then host John Scofield on a Friday. OLS is important financially for musicians. We pay artists an average of 70% of all ticket sales. In addition, OLS is an economic engine for the neighborhood. Our audience eats at local restaurants and catches post-show drinks at the local bars.

In the best of times, the music industry has a hard time making ends meet. OLS began in 2007 as a for-profit business and became a non-profit organization in 2011, shifting focus to serving a listening room with members’ gifts filling the gap between show revenue and costs. To be a viable business, OLS needs to sell, on average, more than 100 tickets per show and to sell out numerous shows during the year.

However, the very feature that makes OLS special – its small size and intimate space – will also make it hard to get back to business as usual in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s difficult to imagine when it will feel comfortable sitting shoulder to shoulder with fellow music lovers in our small venue.

And once we are able to open, we face fierce (but necessary) capacity restrictions to stay in line with pandemic guidelines. Currently, all gatherings in Maine are limited to 50 people or less. When accounting for proper social distancing, we can fit only 30 chairs in our space. With the current square footage restrictions, we are only allowed to have 5 people in the venue. Until we can fully reopen with no limits on our audience size, the numbers simply don’t work.

We are doing our best to stay alive for the duration. A Payroll Protection Program loan/grant has kept staff on board bringing you live streams and strategizing for the future, but fails to provide any long term security. OLS staff hours will soon be cut drastically. We have lowered every expense we can. Utilities, insurance, and rent add up to $7,000 monthly. And despite having our best fiscal year to date the year prior, these cost saving measures will only keep OLS afloat until Labor Day.

With much humility and gratefulness, we are launching this GoFundMe campaign as a last resort effort to save the venue. If we are able to make our aspirational goal of $100,000, we estimate we can make it until mid 2021, when we hope we can resume business as usual.

In a time when there are so many worthy and important causes that need support, please consider making a generous donation to One Longfellow Square, one of Portland’s institutions that make Maine ‘the way life should be’.

– A donation of $20 helps us recoup one of our many lost ticket sales;

– A donation of $100 contributes towards our lost memberships and bar sales;

– A donation of $250 is the equivalent of an average show’s staff overhead;

– A donation of $1,000 pays for the average venue earnings on a sold out show;

– A donation of $5,000 covers nearly one month of our rent.

Many thanks to our very talented staff, our hard-working board members, our dedicated volunteers, the thousands of musicians who play on our stage, our generous members and to all of you who love live music. Please, donate and share our story to help us survive the pandemic. We hope to see you all at a show again in the not too distant future.

Please share your favorite OLS memory when you donate!

– The Staff & Board of One Longfellow Square

NOTE: The OLS Board & Staff will take a hard look at organization finances in the fall. If OLS has been unable to raise sufficient funds from this campaign and other philanthropic, state or federal sources, we will consider closing our doors and refunding your gifts.

OLS is a non-profit 501(c)(3); gifts to this campaign are tax deductible.


Coming Up

  • $15

    RESCHEDULED DATE TBA: Ward Hayden & The Outliers


    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from July 10th: we will alert ticket holders when a new date has been scheduled. All tickets will be honored from the original date.  Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory), who recently took home Country Artist of the Year honors at the 2019 Boston Music Awards, have put together a stunning show in celebration of Country Music.

    Read More »
  • $20

    RESCHEDULED DATE TBA: Studio Two – The Early Beatles Tribute


    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from July 10th: we will alert ticket holders when a new date has been scheduled. All tickets will be honored from the original date. Voted as “The Top Beatles Tribute band in New England” by The Boston Globe, Studio Two continues its tour in celebration of the 56th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era.

    Read More »
  • $25

    CANCELLED: Eilen Jewell


    This show has been cancelled, if you purchased tickets to this show please contact info@onelongfellowsquare.com for options. American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as "one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices." The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind.

    Read More »
  • $5

    CANCELLED: The Portland Jazz Orchestra - July


    This show has been cancelled, if you purchased tickets to this show please contact info@onelongfellowsquare.com for options. This show is proudly sponsored by Coffee By Design. Performing regularly at One Longfellow Square since 2006, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine’s premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 19-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of instrumental and vocal big band literature.

    Read More »
  • $16

    CANCELLED: OLS, State Theatre & WCLZ Present: John Craigie w/ Honeysuckle


    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from 4/24, all tickets from the original date will be honored. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

    Read More »
  • $5

    The Portland Jazz Orchestra - August


    This show is proudly sponsored by Coffee By Design. Performing regularly at One Longfellow Square since 2006, the Portland Jazz Orchestra is Maine’s premier concert jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chris Oberholtzer, this 19-piece jazz ensemble performs a variety of instrumental and vocal big band literature.

    Read More »
  • $20

    David Wax Museum


    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from April 3rd: all tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.  It's been nearly a dozen years since David Wax and Suz Slezak played their first show together, kicking off a partnership that's led to seven records, multiple Top 20 chart placements, performances alongside contemporaries like The Avett Brothers and heroes like Los Lobos, and — most importantly — a family of four. As that family has grown, so has the band's sound. Filled with husband-and-wife vocal harmonies, Mexican stringed instruments, melodic hooks, and blasts of brass, David Wax Museum's albums fly the worldly flag for a brand of Americana that reaches far beyond American borders.

    Read More »
  • $20

    Griffin House


    Please note that this show has been rescheduled from April 30th: all tickets will be honored from the original date.  This show will feature the Maine Academy of Modern Music as part of OLS's Music Helps! series. "Rising Star" is not a phrase one would normally use to describe an artist like Griffin House, who has been touring for over 15 years and has recorded 12 studio albums. The title of Griffin House’s upcoming release,”Rising Star,” references the first track on the album, which tells the story of a character who moves to Music City, like so many do, with a guitar and a dream.  Although not intended to be auto-biographical, the listener gets the sense that this comical and fictitious tale could hardly have been woven by someone without a similar life experience to the protagonist in “Rising Star.”

    Read More »
  • $30

    Le Vent Du Nord


    The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

    Read More »
  • $0

    *Private Event*


    One Longfellow Square will be hosting a private event for this date. Want to rent OLS for your own event? Learn more about renting the space here.

    Read More »
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